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Schatz Statement On New CMS Data On Telehealth Use During Pandemic

HONOLULU – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), lead author of the CONNECT for Health Act, released the following statement on new data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services showing expanded and widespread use of telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Telehealth is popular and bipartisan because it reduces the cost of health care and improves quality and availability. The skyrocketing use of telehealth during the pandemic shows that we cannot and should not go back to the Stone Ages of telehealth coverage. The changes that were enacted in the CARES Act to expand access to telehealth should be made permanent.”